14 days to go before Christmas! Time flies so fast I can barely keep up. I’ve been extremely busy lately because of commission work. I never thought I would get to this point to be honest. It’s a nice feeling to be trusted by people, but at the same time, I do feel the pressure. Anyway, I’ll keep this short and sweet because I need to start painting again!! In the meantime, I’ll leave you with two of my commissioned works. 😊
I’m not really sure if I’m qualified to give tips for female solo travellers as I’ve only really did it once. Although I did sort of travel on my own to Singapore back in 2013 – the only difference is I visited a friend there. Anyway, this is my blog so I can do whatever I want, right? 😛
Do your research. Yes, do a ton of research. This is extremely important. Before going to Taiwan, I did a huge amount of research on the places I want to visit, the weather, the transportation, etc. Because of this, I knew what to expect and I never got lost. Getting lost however, isn’t really that bad to be honest. I got lost in Singapore a few times, but I remained calm. No point in panicking, is there?
Consider bringing a tripod/selfie stick. I brought a tripod/selfie stick in one to Taiwan and honestly, I didn’t get to use it much because most of the time, I asked random people to take my photo. But if you aren’t shameless like me, this might be very useful.
Bring meds. Paracetamol, painkillers, meds for an upset stomach and whatnot. No one will be there to fetch you medicine if you needed one. I had a bit of a headache when I went to Jiufen, and I was so happy I had paracetamol with me.
Dress appropriately. For the weather. For the location. There might be places where the locals are more conservative than you are. This is also why number 1 is very important.
Bring a light day bag. This is very important. You’re going to be walking a lot and exploring on your own. Also, you might want to shop along the way. So make sure to bring only the essentials.
Meet new people. This is one of the reasons why I enjoyed my trip to Taiwan. I met people who made my trip more meaningful. I’m not a very sociable person, but I managed well. So don’t be shy and make new friends!
Don’t be afraid to ask locals. They won’t bite. Also, this might be a good way to meet new people.
Be alert and be aware of your surroundings. For safety purposes of course. Make sure your bag is always near you. Know where the emergency exits are. Your safety is your number 1 priority.
Be a responsible traveller. Don’t just leave your garbage lying around. Pick it up and try to find a trash can. Keep it in your bag if you have to. Also, don’t sit on the seats allocated to elders and pregnant women. Please. Sadly, I’ve seen a lot of Filipinos doing it in Taiwan. It was so embarrassing.
Explore. Go out. Get off your ass. I know it can be tempting to stay in your comfy hotel room, but you need to get out there!
So that’s it. I hope it helps. My next solo travel is in April and I’m already doing a bit of research now. Til next time, folks!